TARPON SPRINGS - The sidewalk along Hibiscus Street in downtown Tarpon Springs has been expanded - the latest in three years’ worth of improvements to the side street off Tarpon Avenue.
Business owners along Hibiscus Street - particularly Carol Etheridge-Rodriguez of Timeless Treasures and Sherry Wendt of Gallery of Fun Finds - have been working with the city for about a year to expand the sidewalk. The objective is to give the stores outside seating and tables to display their wares.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs will begin renovating the outside of City Hall at a cost of $2.2 million, a project the city commission approved April 19.
“We’ve probably been putting money away and talking about this for at least five years,” City Manager Mark LeCouris said.
At one point, there was talk about building a new city hall, at a cost of $6 million to $8 million. But the city would still have to maintain the historic school building that houses the city’s Performing Arts Center, LeCouris explained.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs has purchased the 33,000-square-foot building at 304 S. Pinellas Ave.
The purchase, made possible through the nonprofit’s capital campaign, gives the Shepherd Center a permanent home in Tarpon Springs. The purchase was finalized Feb. 25, 2016, according to Pinellas County property records.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs is in the process of developing a Tarpon Springs Contractor and Construction Business Directory, which will be added to all city of Tarpon Springs construction solicitations.
The directory is intended to provide local business resources to those prime contractors submitting bids on city projects. The city believes the use of local contractors and suppliers on city projects is the best way for dollars spent on these construction projects to be put back into the community.
Local businesses that wish to be included in the Contractor and Construction Business Directory should contact Chief Procurement Officer Jay Jackus at 727-943-4871 or email@example.com
TARPON SPRINGS - The auditorium at Tarpon Springs City Hall was filled with well-wishers both for the incoming and outgoing city leaders April 12, as Mayor David Archie and Vice-mayor Jeff Larsen finished their second terms at the dais.
The two meetings, one with the outgoing leaders and the second led by new Mayor Chris Alahouzos, contained largely ceremonial items. To start, Archie gave Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, a key to the city in thanks for his efforts in securing funds for city projects, including the recently renovated auditorium. However, Latvala took his time at the podium to lead the shower of appreciation to Archie for his six years of service to the city.
TARPON SPRINGS - Dozens of gun enthusiasts filed into the Reload Quality Indoor Shooting Range April 1, as the state-of-the-art shooting range and firearm store opened its doors to the public for the first time.
The new Tarpon Springs business includes 10,000 square feet of retail space - offering shooting accessories on the floor and handguns stored in cases around the perimeter, with heftier weapons in tall displays up the wall. It also offers 45 shooting lanes, giving gun owners a chance to practice their aim from 15 to 100 yards, and classrooms to teach gun safety.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs reports the following updated information on the status of the repairs to utilities and the sinkhole located on Mango Street near U.S. 19.
It is anticipated that the flow of work will proceed as follows:
- Temporary bypasses for two wastewater lines are complete.
- Crews are currently working on a repair plan for a small potable water line in the area that remains out of service. No customers are affected at this point. Olympic Plaza remains under a boil water notice. Initial testing at this location came back free of contaminants; however, the city is still waiting on results of a second set of tests.